Society of Early Americanists Conferences

The SEA hosts annual conferences. In odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference. In even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. The SEA also sponsors panels at our affiliated societies: the American Literature Association & the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


Forthcoming Conferences

Images courtesy of Steve Salpukas, College of William & Mary and John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

The Society of Early Americanists will be co-sponsoring the Special Topics Conference, “Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas”: The Fourth Early Americanist ‘Summit,’ University of Maryland and Washington DC, 2-5 June, 2016.

Continuing in the tradition of the First (Tucson, AZ, 2002), Second (Providence, RI, 2004), and Third (St. Augustine, FL, 2010) Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summits, this thematic conference on “Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas” will bring together scholars working in various languages and disciplines to exchange questions, ideas, research and teaching methods, and to promote comparative perspectives and cross-disciplinary dialogue in the study of the early Americas. 

For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website:

For any questions, please contact: 

Allison Bigelow (U Virginia) and Ralph Bauer (U Maryland)

The event will be co-sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists (SEA), The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC), The Kislak Family Foundation, the Early Americas Working Group (Washington DC), the Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI), the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and the University of Maryland. 

Program Committee: Allison Bigelow (U Virginia), Ralph Bauer (U Maryland), Alejandra Dubcovsky (Yale), Patrick Erben (U West Georgia), Luis Fernando Restrepo (U Arkansas), Carlos Jauregui (Notre Dame). 


Image Credit: Images courtesy of Steve Salpukas, College of William & Mary and John Carter Brown Library at Brown University; Third image: [Ten commandments], Pedro Ocharte, Doctrina christiana en la lengua Guasteca co[n] la lengua castellana, 1571, John Carter Brown Library, used by permission.
Updated: 06/30/15